Cathy Kathungu Furaha is a lawyer at the provincial court of North Kivu and her interest is to defend human rights, particularly women’s rights. The North Kivu province has suffered an array of atrocities, especially abuse against women, and speaking for the voiceless has always been her deepest desire. She has successively served as governing board member in women’s promotion associations and organizations including The Association of Women Lawyers and HEKIMA, a micro finance organization that supports women for their survival. She joined CI-UCBC’s General Assembly because their interest to promote women through education. In fact, when she learned that 44% of students at UCBC are female, she considered it a wise investment in women’s promotion and thought it a privilege to serve. A new member since 2013, scholarships for women and other activities that promote women’s voices motivate her to support the CI-UCBC vision.
She has aBachelor’s Degree in Law from the Free University of the Great Lake’s Region (ULPGL) in Goma and has worked in the profession for twenty years. Through CI-UCBC, she became a member of the Christian Lawyer’s Association of Congo. Since 1997, Cathy has been married to Dr. John Kanyamanda and is the mother of four children: two boys (Jason and Paul) and two girls (Dinah and Joy).